May 14, 2010

Dream Team gets another member

JEFFERSON - Even while he was still committed to Stanford, Georgia kept calling Mitchell County's Justin Scott-Wesley home.

Saturday afternoon, the speedy wide receiver answered, telling the crowd at the state track meet that he was going to be a Bulldog after all.

"It hasn't sunk in yet, but it's like a dream come true. Georgia was the first school that offered me, and their name kept coming up throughout the whole process even when I was still committed to Stanford," Scott-Wesley said. "Again, it's just a dream come true, getting to play for the instate school and being a Dawg."

One of the state's fastest players, Scott-Wesley proved so again, winning the 100- and 200-meter dash competitions during Saturday's final day of the state track championships.

He becomes Georgia's second wide receiver commitment and ninth overall, following Friday's decision to join the Bulldogs by East Hall defensive end Sterling Bailey.

Scott-Wesley said a lot of factors went into his final decision.

"It was a lot of things. First it was the good relationship I had with Coach (Mark) Richt, Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Tony) Ball," he said. "But basically, I think the University of Georgia is just a school that best suits me and will help me be successful on and off the field."

Still, Scott-Wesley took his time before making a final decision, one he actually made two weeks ago.

"I had been doing a lot of evaluation after I de-committed from Stanford. I weighed a lot of pros and cons of all the schools," he said. "But I also did some praying. I talked with my pastor and I talked it over with my folks. In the end, I felt comfortable making the decision, so I made it."

But clergy and family weren't his only advisors.

Butler High (N.C.) quarterback and fellow Georgia commit Christian LeMay offered his two cents, too.

Scott-Wesley recalls one particular phone call with his future teammate back on May 2.

"I think we talked to 12:30 a.m.," Scott-Wesley said. "He was just telling me that UGA was where it's at. He told me about the offense, about the receivers, he was telling me how the coaches interact with the players, about the academics and just the life of a football player there because he'd been up there more than me."

Scott-Wesley joked that the two did actually speak about subjects other than football, but eventually, the talk returned to Georgia.

Actually, LeMay's pitch didn't hurt.

"It did kind of help. I felt if a top quarterback did come on board I felt like other receivers would look at Georgia and say they wanted to get on that team, too," Scott-Wesley said. "I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity."

He also spent time talking with another commit, North Paulding receiver Chris Conley.

Like Conley, Scott-Wesley was one of the players included in Georgia's "Dream Team" pitch to the Bulldogs' top recruits.

"I think it's kind of cool. Yeah, they had me as a member of the Dream Team, guys from the state of Georgia that they're looking to recruit," Scott-Wesley said. "Israel Crowell, Christian Conley � and of course there's a bunch more names. I think it (the idea) was a pretty good thing. I'm just glad to get mentioned in a group of athletes like those. It's pretty cool."

Scott-Wesley laughed that Richt "screamed for joy" when he told him the news, adding that he'll be a good fit in nicely as a deep receiving threat Georgia's pro-style offense.

"I think will teach me how to be a better pro receiver," Scott-Wesley said. "I think they'll put me in position to make plays, and I think I'll be a good piece to the program, maybe be a home run threat , and catch some deep balls and block downfield to get involved in the running game."

He laughed that his mother and father are certainly happy with the choice that he made.

It certainly beats flying out to Palo Alto, Calif. to see him play.

"They like the idea I can get a good education in the best conference and play for one of the best teams in the nation," he said. "But it's also close to home. They can come and watch some games and if I ever need to come home, it's just four or five hours away."

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